Among Women 243: Be Brave in the Scared

July 10, 2019

In this episode:

“Blessed are They”: St. Teresa of Avila; St. Catherine of Siena

“Among Women” Guest: Mary Lenaburg

This episode offers a powerful conversation with Mary Lenaburg, author of Be Brave in the Scared that details her vocation as a wife and mother, with a particular emphasis on the faith and life lessons that accompanied her 22 years as Courtney’s mother. Mary’s daughter lived most of her life with profound disabilities, but her short life made a beautifully profound impact in the lives of those who knew her.

I also spend some time unpacking some of the Bible verses that have been anchors for me in times of fear, and, in the Blessed are They segment, I unpack inspiration from St. Teresa of Avila and St. Catherine of Siena.

Links for this episode:

Scripture verses shared by Pat:

Psalm 23; Psalm 27:1-3; Matthew 10: 28-31; 1 Peter 5:7

Wisdom from the Saints:

From St. Teresa of Avila:

Let nothing disturb you,

nothing cause you fear.

All things pass; God is unchanging.

Patience obtains all.

Whoever has God needs nothing else;

God alone suffices.”

Quotes from St. Catherine of Siena:

“Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring.”

“Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear.”

“…the soul always fears until she arrives at true love.” 


Conversation with Mary Lenaburg:

Be Brave in the Scared: How I Learned to Trust God during the Most Difficult Days in my Life by Mary E. Lenaburg


Other shows of related interest:

AW 46: talks about St. Teresa of Avila

AW 101: talks about St. Teresa of Avila and women mystics

AW 4: talks about St. Catherine of Siena — from over 10 years ago!

AW 125: more with St. Catherine of Siena.


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